SEMINAL techno groovesters and occasional pranksters of legend The Orb have a brace of excellently exciting news announcements for all you space cadets out there.

Firstly, they’re gonna play their first-ever livestream gig to bring a little festive cheer, from 10pm on Saturday, December 19th, entitled This Is Not Here’.

What promises to be an immersive, mind-altering spectacle will feature visuals by award-winning AV company Holotronica, who’ll project augmented reality images onto invisible gauze, creating vivid and fantastical floating animations. 

“The set will be 40 minutes ambient, 40 minutes weird reggae, and 40 minutes deep techno with weird transitions in between,” says main man Dr Alex Paterson.

“We’ll be playing mainly the last two albums, and maybe a couple of old faves, too.

“I’ve played thousands of gigs, but doing a live stream is back-to-school for me. We’ll be playing as live as possible. Expect happy accidents – definitely not mistakes!” 

And if that doth not titillate enough, then come April 9th in the year of our lord 2021, The Orb will also be releasing a remixes album, Abolition of The Royal Familia – Guillotine Mixes. You can watch get your thang shaking to the infectious and propulsive David Harrow (BLM Remix23) of “Daze” down there at the end.

Taking that versioning concept that worked to such sexily lysergic effect with 1991’s Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions, Abolition of The Royal Familia – Guillotine Mixes will feature reinterpretations from familiar faces, most of whom also have credits on last studio album, Abolition …, including Youth, Moody Boys, David Harrow, Andy Falconer, Paul Metamono and Gaudi, Kris Needs and Lost Stoned Pandas, taking the originals for a trip out deeper into acid house, Balearic and techno.

Hey, next year we might even get to dance to this under stars, in a field. There’s something to look forward to.

You can purchase tickets for the live stream at a tenner, and pre-order Abolition of The Royal Familia – Guillotine Mixes, which will be out on April 9th on CD and 2xLP, here; there’s a variety of merch bundles for you to get your teeth into as well.

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